Category Archives: UESF News

Spotlight: Take a Stand for an Affordable San Francisco

Vote & Volunteer During the Current Citywide Election

Key Endorsements for an Affordable San Francisco

San Francisco stands at a crossroads, with educators and the students we serve rapidly getting forced out of the City. But we don’t have to sit by while real estate speculators carve up San Francisco, displacing the communities and families that make our city so incredible in the first place.

We have the opportunity to take a stand during this November election by electing pro-tenant Aaron Peskin as District 3 Supervisor, and stopping the runaway real estate speculation and unscrupulous landlords by passing Prop. I (the pause for a plan in the Mission) and Prop. F (commonsense Airbnb reform).

Let’s take action, win this election, and continue the work to preserve stable school communities and a San Francisco for all. Volunteer today! Make it a school night! Call UESF Political Director Ken Tray at 956-8373 or email ktray [at] uesf [dot] org to RSVP.

Complete UESF endorsements

UESF UBC Training on Evaluations: October 14, 2015

Rosa Parks ES Auditorium
1501 O’Farrell St.
Parking: Enter from Ellis St.
Light meal served
RSVP here

All UBC leaders and site activists are invited to attend our next UBC training on evaluations. Agenda items include: 

  • The ins-and-outs of the evaluation procedure
  • Your contractual rights

  • Voluntary Peer Assistance and Leadership (VPAL).

  • Peer Assistance and Review

Please Help Support Zamora Martinez if You Can

Milk Elementary teacher Marisa Martinez with her daughter Zamora. Help Zamora get the treatment she needs by donating on her Go fund me page.

September 23, 2015

On Saturday, September 26th the Harvey Milk Academy community will host a block party and fundraiser for Zamora! All are welcome!

Advanced tickets are just $15 each on Eventbrite or or $20 at the gate the day of the event. Please help spread the word on Facebook!

September 4, 2015

This July, Harvey Milk teacher Marisa Martinez got the news that no parent ever wants to hear – her beautiful seven year old daughter Zamora has been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG.

With doctors giving Zamora just 12 months to live, and with treatment options limited in the United States, Marisa has decided that the best path forward for her daughter is to receive experimental treatment from a physician in England. But the cost of the treatment, travel, and lodging will be very expensive.

Marisa and her family would be grateful for any contribution that you can make to help get her daughter the treatment she needs. Contributions at any level can be made at her Go Fund Me page.

Please keep Marisa and her daughter in your thoughts and prayers. We will keep you posted with updates, including a block party planned for Zamora later in the month.

UESF Accepting Applications for CTE Project Director Position

New Deadline: Applications Due by October 28, 2015

Thanks to generous support from the American Federation of Teachers, UESF is happy to announce the new year-long position of CTE Project Director, as part of our partnership with the district to teach the nation’s first K-12 computer science curriculum to all SFUSD students.

UESF enthusiastically supports this groundbreaking work for its focus on equity for San Francisco students and professional opportunities for teachers. We recognize that computer science knowledge is a new “basic skill” for 21st century jobs, particularly in the Bay Area, and are committed to helping teachers develop the skills, knowledge, and credentials they need for this program to be successful.

Working closely with the District chief of staff, Human Resources Department, the Office of Curriculum and Instruction, and the Office of College and Career Readiness the educator hired to this position will develop the training and support that teachers need, with a specific focus on middle school teachers.

 For more information, click here.

Make it Fair California!

Time to Close Corporate Loopholes, Invest in Public Education, and Rebuild California 

Make it Fair California, a new movement that aims to place a measure on the state ballot in November 2016 to close the corporate commercial property tax loopholes found in Prop. 13. UESF’s state affiliates, the CFT and the CTA, have signed on as Executive Committee supporters.

The Make It Fair campaign is dedicated to closing the commercial property tax loopholes so we can invest in strengthening our schools and other important local priorities, such as housing.

The educators, unions, and community groups behind the Make it Fair movement believe that it is important to retain protections for homeowners, renters, and small business owners. Unfortunately, some big corporations and wealthy commercial property owners are using loopholes in the law to avoid paying their fair share in taxes. This means California is losing billions in revenue every year that could be used to make our communities better places to live and work.

In fact, Make it Fair estimates that San Francisco County alone could receive an additional $691 million a year if the measure were to pass.

For more information, and to sign and share the online petition in support of this important reform, go to

Hearing on Prop 13 Reform July 10th

Thanks to all of the UESF members who testified about the great need to make our tax system fair at Assembly member Phil Ting’s Prop. 13 hearing on July 10th, including Sheridan Elementary teacher Darcie Blackburn who spoke eloquently about the need for more services for our students, and the importance of reducing class sizes. Darcie, who also did an interview with KCBS, also spoke about the need to fully fund education so that every student can receive the individualized attention that they deserve.

UESF Election Results: New President for UESF

Moscone Elementary Teacher Lita Blanc to Assume Leadership July 1

On May 19th, the Elections Committee of the United Educators of San Francisco certified that Moscone Elementary teacher Lita Blanc has been elected president of the union, narrowly defeating incumbent Dennis Kelly.

Lita Blanc has been a bilingual teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District for over 28 years, serving the students and families at Moscone Elementary. An educator and activist with nearly three decades of experience, Lita has served as Building Representative at her school, on the UESF organizing team, and as a member of the San Francisco Labor Council.

“I’m honored to be given this opportunity by the educators of San Francisco to serve as union president,” says Lita Blanc. “We look forward to working with all UESF members and the San Francisco community to protect public education and to get the resources that our students and our educators deserve.” Continue reading

Attention All Paras: Critical PARS Settlement Information

To full-time (20+hours/week) Paraprofessionals who were employed any time during June 21, 2003 and October 11, 2011.

This is an update and reminder about the class action settlement for paraprofessionals who were enrolled in the PARS Target Benefit Plan. 

On Monday, May 18, the settlement administrator mailed your claim forms.  Your completed claims forms must be postmarked by July 17, 2015.  If you do not submit a claim form in time you will not receive a settlement check.

If you have not received a claim form at your home address by Wednesday, May 27, you should call the Settlement Claim Administrator at 1-844-280-2680.

The Settlement Claims Administrator has also set up a website which contains all the information you need, and also allows you to submit questions by email through the website. The website address is:

If you have any questions about the process or how to fill out your claim forms, you should call the Settlement Claims Administrator at 1-844-280-2680.  Because the settlement is being administered professionally by a company approved by the court, questions should be directed to the claim administrator and not to UESF.

Learn from hidden history in Fall CCSF class

California Labor History Class
CCSF Mission Campus
2015 Fall Semester – 6:30 pm Wednesdays
Register online

As we confront a San Francisco with growing economic inequalities, history offers lessons.

In “California Labor History,” a three unit San Francisco City College course offered at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings at Mission Campus, Room 154, 1125 Valencia Street, beginning August 19, you learn that the fight for a more equitable society stretches back through the 1934 San Francisco General Strike—the most important event most people have never heard of—to the Mission era.  You will also find this history explains quite a bit about what’s happening now.

Taught by CFT communications director Fred Glass, the class places UESF’s parent organizations, the NEA and AFT, in historical context, and contemporary union struggles and issues within the broader stream of labor history.  The class readings, films, guest speakers and discussions showcase efforts by California’s working people for dignity, economic security, and civil rights. 

Teachers and paras who have taken the course note that it provides a space tucked away from the rest of their often hectic lives to reflect on working in a unionized educational workplace.  Class discussions are lively, and the oral history assignment often turns up surprising things about students’ own unions and family histories. Continue reading